Apr 12 2012 By Greg Burns
Chesham United striker Simon Thomas
SIMON Thomas believes he is hitting top form at just the right time for Chesham United.
The 27-year-old has scored six goals in his last five games to help move the Generals one win away from mathematically securing their Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off spot.
It has taken his tally for the season to 23 and comes after on-loan striker Inih Effiong was recalled by Blue Square South side Boreham Wood this week.
The pair had formed a prolific partnership but Thomas insists his goals and the talents of teenager Brad Wadkins and returning Leon Archer from injury can fill the void left by his departing strike partner.
“Inih is a fantastic player and his departure is a blow,” he said. “We had formed a great partnership but we have plenty of quality to fill the gap.
“Brad has been superb this season after stepping up from the reserves and Leon is a proven striker whose experience will be key in the final shake-up. I have got 23 goals for the season now which I am delighted about.
“I have had a few dry patches and I feel I should have been closer to 30 goals for the season at this stage. I have missed a few chances but, to be fair, if I was a really clinical striker I would be at a higher level.
“But I have knuckled down and got my rewards and I feel full of confidence going into this important period.”
Chesham can cement a play-off spot with victory at Barwell on Saturday.
The Generals’ good run has a lot to do with them turning around their away woes with the side unbeaten in their last four away trips and Thomas has put their stirring end-of-season form down to the team-spirit within the camp.
He said: “In the last seven or eight weeks we have really gelled as a team and bonded as a group. The gaffer has us playing a superb brand of football that we all enjoy and we are such a tight-knit group and are determined to fight for each other to make sure we are celebrating at the end of it all.”